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    Winds

    I was looking at the info on the site and I dont know what the wind directions do. WHat is the best wind direction for our area and what direction makes the swell bad.

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    offshore good. onshore bad.

    if a beach faces E. then the offshore wind direction is W.

    Wind direction on Swellinfo is stated by the meteorological convention, stating where the wind is coming from. So, a West wind, comes from the West and blows towards the East. This allows for clean conditions as apposed to wind coming from the ocean towards the shore.

    The further away from directly offshore, generally the choppier the surf is.

    The lighter the winds, the glassier the conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post

    The lighter the winds, the glassier the conditions.
    Whats glassy mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPR View Post
    Whats glassy mean
    smooth surface conditions. glass like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPR View Post
    Whats glassy mean
    This...BEST conditions of waves!!!



    And as swellinfo said, W winds good, E winds bad. Common rule for NJ.

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    what about if it gets up to around 25 miles per hour. But still west, will it be bad?

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    stronger offshore tend to make wider barrels -> help hold up the wave. If the offshores get really strong, then it can be tough to paddle into the waves, becaues of the current going out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    stronger offshore tend to make wider barrels -> help hold up the wave. If the offshores get really strong, then it can be tough to paddle into the waves, becaues of the current going out.
    Not to mention being blinded by the spray in your face.

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    Or when the wind gets under your board on the take off and holds you up in the lip.
    Than its over the falls time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jettylife521 View Post
    This...BEST conditions of waves!!!



    And as swellinfo said, W winds good, E winds bad. Common rule for NJ.

    Not to be a stickler but real "glassy" conditions actually look like this. The complete absence of any wind...